Versatile uses of a Basement

Versatile uses of a BasementIf you are living in a prime locality, you will probably understand how premium space can be. Using every inch of your home is an efficient way to see to the space requirements of your family. Recently my friend had opened a studio in his basement. He lives in a posh locality, where renting out a studio is very expensive. He was using his basement to dump all the unwanted and useless knick-knacks earlier.

When he started scouting for a good studio in town, he was shocked at the prices quoted. I told him about how his basement could be made use of for his studio. He was immediately taken with the idea and was sorry he had not thought of it himself.

And in a few weeks’ time he had cleared out his basement and converted it into a beautiful basement studio. Since he did not have to pay rent, the money saved helped him to use more on the equipment he needed for the studio. He’s a happy man now!

Basements can be used in different ways and turned to almost any space you want for your office or personal use. Once you take care of having sufficient headroom, the rest of the set up is a breeze. Here are some of different uses you can put your basement to instead of just dumping things in there.

Storage

Although basements are inevitably used as storage space, when you do it in an organized fashion the entire space could be used very prudently. Instead of throwing whatever is not in use into the basement, you can put up a row of shelves or cupboards and store things neatly, so you can use them when needed. Proper lighting helps in making the space more welcome. And make sure you keep the basement free from moisture. If you live in a flood prone area, having an efficient SUMP PUMP helps a lot.

Workshop

If you are into hobbies in a small scale such as clay modelling and others, the basement space can be easily converted to a workshop. For larger hobbies like furniture making or reconstructing bikes, you need proper access to your basement. If the basement is not entirely submerged, you can enlarge an existing skylight or coal hatch to give better access.

Office space

Based on the work you want to do, a basement can be turned into an efficient office space. While natural light may not be easily available, you can make it up with proper lighting and ventilation. A basement affords better privacy with very little distractions, as it is not directly connected to other parts of your home like a study.

If you are not keen on using the basement for office work, you could use the space as a spare bedroom provided you have a window for the basement. Even if a window is not present, you can use proper lightings and air conditioning to make the room more inhabitable. Gym, home theater, and laundry room are other uses that find many takers.

The Educational Value of Origami

The Educational Value of OrigamiI’m back again, so hello to everyone. Many of you may be surprised to find out that I am an adequate origami artist. I went into this ancient Japanese art of paper folding in order to have an interesting and useful off-line activity. ‘Why origami?’ you may ask. There are plenty of pleasant off-line activities but origami is not only fun, believe me. Did you know that practicing origami activates your whole brain? Therefore, along with fun and relaxation you get some educational value.

First of all, origami is a good example of schematic learning acquired by repeated actions. You need to be very attentive while following the instructions in order to make a good origami piece. They have to be carried out with a great deal of precision which teaches you to be diligent and focused. When I make an origami figure, I always experience feelings similar to those when hunting with a nice crossbow, where you have to be gentle and focused to the maximum,  combined with precise accuracy and patient endurance. Origami is something you can never perform in a hurry. Every action has to be planned, nothing unforeseen is allowed.

origamiAnother reason why I like origami is that it helps to develop your spatial reasoning. Transforming a 2D piece of paper into a 3D figure is a unique exercise which will provide a thorough brainstorm. While folding the paper, your hands follow a sequence of steps which help you learn to create and to manipulate some general geometric shapes. You also get deeper into the basics of symmetry.

Some researchers have been offering origami exercises to people with psychological problems, such as depression for example. The results of these exercises proved to be quite effective and that’s why the origami technique is often used as a part of psychological art therapy. It provides both physical and mental exercise, developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

One of the important results of origami making is emotional satisfaction. As we see a piece of paper transforming into a new development, we feel pleased with the act of creation and raise our self-esteem. This results in us becoming more confident while performing our daily routines. That is why many find the folding of paper not only relaxing, but challenging as well.

For those who have children, I would recommend involving them in this amazing activity. You’ll have the chance to teach them how to be patient, cooperative, and to follow the instructions strictly which can be quite beneficial for their discipline. Start with basics, find some helpful videos, for example, like this one:

However, you should remember to learn origami skills step by step. If you start making a complicated model from the very beginning, you are highly likely to fail and get frustrated. It takes time and effort to develop the capability to fold a complex figure. Some people say it takes as much time as learning to play the piano flawlessly. Take my advice and learn origami techniques. The educational value you can get on your way to mastering paper folding makes it worth trying. So, good luck!

The 3 main reasons to illuminate your car

Last night, I came back from the trip, tired and exhausted from a long night driving. Driving a long route is very hard and boring. Sometimes even the music does not help. That’s why I often like to play a game with myself. For instance, when the road is very dark, I’m trying to guess the brand of the car that is going toward me by the shape of the headlights. So, last night and I noticed a few cars that have really impressed me with their light. They were everything but ordinary. It made me wonder, should the car be just a ordinary mean of transportation that fits into the river of traffic, or we can make it a special, distinctive and give it a personal touch?

Unusual colors, patterns, and fancy stickers can make your car special during the day when the visibility is good. But what about night driving? Can we then make our car more original? Good lighting can be beautiful and useful. I prefer when those two things permeate each other. Are you wondering why to illuminate your car at all? Here are three main reasons.

Make it more beautiful outside. When driving at night, your car is nothing more than moving light – headlights, brake lights and turn indicators. Each car has them. At night, they are simply all the same. With a little imagination and effort, you can make your car special at night. Decorate it with LED light. These lights do not spend a lot of energy, and they are durable and relatively easy to install. They come in various colors. Where to place them? You can add them to the front or the back of the car, to break the monotony of the night for those who drive in front of or behind you. Special effect, in my opinion, gives underglow lights that illuminate the bottom of the car. At night, this car looks almost like it’s flying. It really gives a dose of unreality. Of course, you can decorate bumper, handles, and even wheels. Let your car shine like a Christmas tree!

Increase the road safety. The lighting does not have to be just a fancy decor. It can also be a factor of increasing road safety. I saw very effective lights on cars and trucks that greatly illuminate the way, and that look different at the same time. They are definitely made me confused in my game, and I could not guess what car coming toward me. These lights, which are primarily useful and then decorative, can be found here: http://ledlightsplanet.com/

Make a great atmosphere inside. You can add a discreet light on your dashboard, under the dashboard to illuminate the floor, or under the seat. This light should not be too strong to not disturb you in night driving. It just needs to add a little magic atmosphere and color in the interior of your car. Imagine entering the car that glows with purple light. It is like walking into a spaceship!

As I said, few cars really left me breathless with their designs. And just imagine how great would be night driving if all cars were illuminated. Night driving would be a lot less boring and tiring. And I’ll must work on that as soon as possible!

Things to Do Offline

Things to Do OfflineHey everyone! I’m back! Today I’d like to discuss the topic “How to Live Offline?”. Yes, you haven’t mistaken. Really OFFLINE! Nowadays we are so addicted to the Internet that we can’t even imagine our life without it. But it isn’t the end of the world! You can believe or not, but people used to live earlier without Facebook or Twitter.

Moreover, their lives were even better. First thing that you shouldn’t do when you are out of Wi-Fi access points or your Internet connection is disabled is just trying not to panic. It is not a big deal! I can even say it’s a prittle prattle.

You can easily cope with this problem and spend your free time offline even more interesting. If you still don’t believe in it, just spend a few minutes reading my pieces of advice. They are tested by me, personally, so they will surely work out.

Therefore, you are out of the Internet. What can you begin doing?

  1. Singing songs. Do you think it’s too easy? Oh, no, my friends. It is a golden opportunity to relax, to improve your mood, just to have fun, at least. Let’s just imagine. Have you ever had such a situation when you listened to the familiar song and you couldn’t stop but singing. Yes, yes. Exactly. It happens with everybody. Nothing matters at this moment. That is the time when the world stops. It is only you and music. Isn’t it good? You can do it anywhere: at home, outdoors, in a car. Just turn on your favorite music and enjoy. Or you can meet with your friends and go to karaoke. No doubt, it is an excellent way to relax.
  2. Making photos. Today almost everyone has a profile in the Instagram or Facebook or so on, it doesn’t matter. But how long ago have you snapshotted something, besides selfie or your food? Can’t remember? Either do I. So, just grab your camera and go outdoors to the real world. You will be excited how cute the common places are, when you are looking at them through the camera lens. You can make photos of everything around you: a little green park, pairs jogging at it, a lake with swans, a man wearing something odd, a beautiful young lady, an elderly couple sitting on the bench, a modern fashionista, a red squirrel, etc. Moreover, maybe you will be so lucky to find out that you’ve got a talent in it. And it will change your life.
  3. Hiking. We are addicted to going to work, sitting plenty of time in the office, coming back home and sitting in the Internet a rest of the time. We are a generation of couch potatoes. Yes. Be honest! Can you remember when you have gone somewhere just for pleasure, just to see how beautiful our planet is? Hiking is a virtuous way to spend your time. If you think that it is too complicated or you need a steep trail – you make a great mistake. Everything you need is only a wish to do it, a good company, a real nature around you and comfortable pair of shoes, of course. There are a lot of benefits of hiking. I can enumerate only some of them: breathtaking landscapes around you, fresh air, and birds singing songs, a smell of flora and a spirit of adventures. You are not as romantic as I am? Ok. There are several advantages that can motivate even you, cynic people. Hiking can make you healthy. It makes your body fit (better than any gym), improves blood pressure, bone density, supports your general balance, and fortifies your legs. So, call your friends, make an amazing walk, take some water, snacks and so on and begin conquering the world.
  4. Increasing your influence. If you are still here, my pragmatic friends, and you are not those people who are looking for adventures or relax – no problem. I have a solution for you what to do offline. You can start working on your personality. You see, we live in such circumstances that if you want to succeed, you have to convince somebody that you are right. Influence is a certain control. But first of all, you have to be beyond of any doubt what and how you want to achieve, in order to increase your influence. That’s why take a deep breathe, close your eyes and think over whom, what and where would you like to be, for example, in 5 years. Consider how you can reach all you planned. Put all your thoughts on a sheet of paper. So, we have found the starting point. From this time, you have to think about an intension of doing it and how you can become closer to your goal before going somewhere or doing something, even everyday things. If you are going to the party, you must concentrate your attention on that you may meet the needful people or you go there just for fun (to relax and have a good mood for the further steps in achieving your goal). No matter what you do, just be focused. Influential people know for sure what they want, so they find a direct way to their aims. Be easygoing to people around. Be confident of what you are doing or saying. Be polite; show even non-verbally that you are interested in your partner. Be accurate, do always your tasks in time. Be tolerant. Show your appreciation. Try new things. Never stop learning. Don’t waste your time on blaming; try to find a problem’s solution. There are only a few steps, but try them and you will see how helpful they are.

Of course, it’s just a little bit of positive offline activities. But you can be sure that the life without the Internet is bright and interesting. Start living your full life just now. If you have other offers how to spend your free time in an interesting way, share them with me in your comments.

Tips to protect you from health issues due to prolonged sitting

Tips to protect you from health issues due to prolonged sittingHey, everyone! It’s great to be back. I just returned from visiting my friend at the hospital. He had severe back pain and had to stay overnight. He has a job that needs him to sit for long hours on end. Sitting in the same position for over eight hours or more in a day can easily take its toll on your health, which my friend had found out the hard way. Seeing him in trouble, I had to rethink my own position. With my penchant to sit in front of the computer for long hours, I think that my body has taken quite a good deal of abuse.

Since I started playing video games quite at an early age and all through high school and later too all that strain may be too much for my body to take.  But seeing my friend’s plight, I think that there is only so much my resilient body can take and it is time I did something for the problem. Even with the video production, edition and other works I do, I have to sit in a place for long hours on end driving the need for a more effective way to keep my health in good condition.

As my friend said, too much time spent sitting in the same place not only serves to increase the body weight, but also shortens your life span by nearly six years. In short, you are digging a grave for yourself by the prolonged sitting you do.

Further, you tend to slouch when you sit for long hours, which can lead to a bad posture. When you sit erect and in the right posture that keeps your back from feeling the strain, the harmful effects are reduced greatly. Using posture braces such as those available at this site help in improving posture considerably.

While it is difficult to avoid working in front of a computer at present, you need to know the effect the prolonged sitting can bring including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. In fact sitting for long hours, even if you are working can lead to increased mortality rate. Even if this sounds crazy, colon and breast cancers, diabetes, and heart diseases occur more, when you sit for a long time, and are exacerbated too. Further, even if you go a gym or jog daily, the prolonged sitting can counteract the health effects fully.

And as far as cancer is concerned, there are several trigger factors such as microwaves, X-rays, cat scans and cellphones. A study on the number of people affected by breast cancer and colon cancer in the US show that inactivity is a direct cause. This is because of the increase in inflammation the inactivity initiates.

But you need not panic, as experts give you a way out, which is taking a short break from your work every hour. You can stretch your feet, take a walk, have a drink, or do anything that needs some activity on your part. This can actually save you from an untimely end or attracting deadly diseases. This could also help reduce the waistline, boost good cholesterol levels, and increase your insulin resistance.

Keeping Up Appearances – A Cool Geek

Keeping Up Appearances - A Cool GeekHi everyone! I’m sure you all are my loyal internet followers, so there is no need for special introductions, or more specifically, for me having to tell you that I’m what you would call a geek. But that is what I am, and what I love being! You all probably already know what makes someone a geek – thick glasses, all the crazy technology and Star Trek obsessions, and so on and so forth. And like most other people, you’d probably say that there can be no such thing as a cool geek. Well, I think you’re wrong. I believe that being cool isn’t something reserved for rich, tall and blonde people who spend their days on yachts. And that’s why I’ve decided to try to give my fellow geeks a few tips on how to become/stay cool.

Try not to limit your hobbies to those related to computers and SF

I know – those things are so cool, and others, well, not that much. But I think having an open mind is very important for being a really cool person. If I hadn’t been trying to expand my horizons during the last couple of years, I probably never would have discovered some really awesome things that I now simply love doing, like, for example, origami. To most people, I’d still be that geeky guy who never stops staring at his computer, which would be a real shame. It’s great when you have a passion, but I strongly believe that you shouldn’t let it consume you. If you’re still not convinced, remember that taking up new hobbies is also a great way of meeting new people!

Looks are important too!

I know many of you will just skip this one, because if nothing else, it’s the looks that make up a really cool person, or so we’re told by anything we’ve ever watched on TV. But I don’t mean it quite like that. I don’t think you have to have a sixpack, you just have to look neat and feel good in your skin. I, for example, do that by making sure I get enough physical activity, and that I always look groomed in a way. I get regular haircuts, and wash my clothes in both fabric and water softener, such as the ones you can find on this website. I know it might sound silly, but putting on clothes that feels and smells great always cheers me up, and it’s how you feel that really matters. What I’m actually trying to say is that taking care of yourself is a part of feeling good about yourself, and that in turn is a part of being cool.

Try to be relaxed when communicating with people

I know – easier said than done. And it’s true – we all have issues when it comes to this, even those who look like they don’t really care. But it’s actually this fact that helped me get over my fear of meeting new people. I mean, if we all feel insecure, why would I let it stop me from living my life to the fullest?

How To Prepare For A Convention

How To Prepare For A ConventionHi guys! Hope you’re doing okay! I just finished unpacking from my latest IT convention, when it suddenly hit me! I should write an entry about the process of preparing for a convention. Although it might sound like a no-brainer, it’s actually not! There are so many things you need to think about and plan in advance, that for some people it’s just a bit too much. I know how my first convention looked like, and I can tell you – it wasn’t pretty! I mean, don’t get me wrong! I had loads of fun, but just didn’t pack anything useful and ended up eating chips most of the time. So, to help you guys prepare in a more suitable manner, I’ve decided to make a list of the most important things you have to do before any of your future conventions!

Register for the convention!

It’s the first and the most important thing you’ll need to do. And yes, I know what you’re thinking – if you’re going to a convention, the last thing you’ll do is forget to register for participating, right? You might be surprised by the number of times I’ve seen it happen! I think it’s probably because you usually have to register months in advance, especially if it’s a more popular convention.

Prepare and seal your food in advance!

You’re probably wondering why you would want or need to do something like that. First of all, the food there won’t be that good, and you’ll have to eat it at least twice a day for at least three days. Second, more often than not it’s also expensive. I myself prefer the way my old buddy does it, and so a couple of months ago I visited the VacuumSealerHub.com and bought one of their useful little machines. I prepared plenty of good food, divided it into separate meals and sealed each of them into a small plastic bag. You might not believe me before you have your first convention experience, but it made a world of difference to me!

Book a room!

How To Prepare For A ConventionAfter you finish the registration process, make sure to check whether you have some kind of free or organized accommodation going for you. If yes, hooray for you! If not, book a room right away! I’m serious. If you don’t do it right away, you’ll probably forget all about it, and believe me when I say that you don’t want to be staying in any of the rooms that will still be available a day or two before the convention starts.

Pack light, but smart!

I can’t give you any real advice here, because what you’ll need while at a convention greatly depends on both the type of convention and your personal needs and preferences. I can tell you, however, that (as they say) more is not always better, and that sometimes the thing you thought you’ll need the least will turn out to be the most important of them all. So my advice to you would be: think hard about what you (don’t) need!

Why The Culture Of Movie Theatres Is Dying

Why The Culture Of Movie Theatres Is DyingHey guys, so guess who is back! I know you must have missed me to bits but now that I have filled your heart with relief I think we should move on to more important matters before we get all caught in the obviously ensuing emotional rollercoaster that will follow my return.

I want to discuss an issue that has been close to my heart over the few years and I feel that it something that has been bugging a number of you guys as well. This particular issue has to deal with the movie theaters and more precisely, the culture that is the art of movie going.

When I was younger, I used to love going to the movies. It was a wonderful experience, one that I would look forward to with anticipation when I knew it was coming (sometimes it would come as a surprise) and I could not wait until I was grown enough to leave my parents and enjoy the whole exalted experience with a couple of friends. As I grew older, the movie theatre was the first place I would take a girl on our first date not to mention a number of others that followed as well.

Nowadays the experience of going to the movie theatre has changed over the years and it is no longer the glorious experience that it once was. This can be seen as an ironic twist in events as there have been massive improvements in the technological department when it comes to the production of movies in terms of graphics and the viewing experience that can be enjoyed.

Though these changes such as the introduction of 3D movies have improved the overall production of the movies themselves, the experience has deteriorated in a downward spiral so fast that anyone going along for the ride may be required to done a good motorcycle helmet for safety purposes. There are a lot of issues that can be found with the current experience of going to the movies that one may not be pleased with. Some of these experiences include:

  • The cost of going to the movies nowadays has skyrocketed in an unbelievable fashion and anyone who is conscience of their wallet would not be very willing to take part in this activity anymore. Not only have the prices of the tickets risen immensely even in theatres that still maintain an old fashioned 2D screen, but so have the prices of the snacks which can be argued is a crucial part of the movie going experience. With the economy the way it is at the moment, it is understandable to see people avoid going to the movies for the cheaper alternatives that are available such as renting it out on the internet.
  • The social experience that takes place at this setting has not been shown any mercy either and it can be argued that people have changed for the worse over the past few years making going out to the movies a series of unpleasant surprises as one does not know what kind of people they will meet while they are there.

Sourcing High Quality Wood

Sourcing High Quality WoodThere’s something about real wooden furniture that seems rather homey, don’t you think? I enjoy having the stuff decorate my home and making an occasional piece of furniture is actually a hobby of mine. It’s fairly cheap for me now since I have the tools for working the wood on my end and I know where to get the materials for cheap too. Sourcing high quality wood is probably to main concern for most people who want to try and build their own furniture, so that’s what I’ll talk about today. There are a handful of different places to find real wood, so I’ll list a few here.

The first resource I found is actually pretty reliable, though you might have to go through some hassle to really utilize it. People who own land, especially land with trees on it, might just be looking for someone to remove some of that wood. Now whether you’d have to rent said land and pay a fee, or if the owner would actually pay you to come chop down and haul off some of the trees, I can’t say for sure. That’s going to vary based on the landholder with whom you are dealing. But most countries are packed with people who own land and want it cleared for one reason or another, making this a great wood source.

Processing a whole log, or sections of a log, is another story. It also brings me to my next reliable source for high quality wood. Whether you find it and bring it in yourself, or purchase something directly from the people with the right machines, like these, you’ll need to get your wood split up to make it easier for you to work with. Remember, you’re not looking to carve your next chair from a single log of wood – or maybe you are. But if you are, there are probably better guides out there on the ‘net for your specific needs.

Splitting the logs to be worked on chops them up into smaller, more manageable pieces, which makes cutting other pieces out of those significantly easier. Sawing planks off half a log with a face which is already pretty clean is much simpler than trying to do the same right through the bark layer, which could lead to massive cracks and fissures that make most of the log unusable. In my opinion though, it’s important to remember that the roughest work is always done first. For this you might even consider looking at Log Splitter Pro to look for decent machines you could rent elsewhere.

Of course, a splitter is just the start. You’ll need saws, vises, rulers and more to assure accurate cuts. You’ll need a hammer, different kinds of nails and maybe even a set of drivers and screws to secure together the various pieces of wood you want to use to make your furniture. And last but certainly not least, you’ll need the tools for all the finer, finishing work, like sanders, primer, sealant and paint, if you’re going to be using any.

Finishing Wooden Furniture

Finishing Wooden FurnitureWell hey again everyone. I’m back with the second bit about making your own furniture from real wood without paying a lot of money to get the job done. Previously I talked about sourcing affordable wood at mills or other places where large quantities of raw wood can be obtained cheaply. Now, I want to tell you about cutting and finishing the wood to get a final product you can actually use. It might seem like a daunting job, but with the right tools and a decent stain and sealant it’s possible to make some fine wooden furniture for a fraction of the retail cost.

Because I’ve covered acquisition and initial work in another post, I’m going to focus exclusively on the finer, finishing work this time. Anyone who has worked extensively with wood in the past, even at a middle school level, will understand this finishing work refers mostly to sanding. To get the best smooth surface possible while pulling away the smallest amount of wood in the finishing process, it’s actually vital to sand multiple times, with sandpaper which becomes steadily finer with each sanding. This will undoubtedly sound like a waste of time to some craftsmen, but I assure you it is not.

This is good and bad. It’s good because you can use any sanding device to do the hard work for you and simply change sanding discs, pads or surfaces out as needed to do whatever project needs doing. It’s bad because you need to have multiple grades of sandpaper available, or get multiple sanding discs in different grades if you don’t have a machine which will load plain sandpaper. You can see all kinds of different sanders and their available options at http://beltsanderworld.com/ if you need a visual aid to go with the written explanation here.

While many people think the sanding process is simply to make wood smooth and less likely to give slivers to people who touch it, that’s just one of the reasons wood furniture and other objects need to be sanded. Another reason is that level, even surfaces allow wood primer, stain and sealant to leach into wood more deeply, which in turn creates better seals and longer lasting stains. To waste time doing this fine work on rough wood would just be silly, and leaving these steps out of the finishing process is simply stupid since water in wood tends to create rot if left unchecked.

This could be an annoyance, like in the case of a wooden chair which crumbles under the mass of the occupant. But it could also be very dangerous, like if a porch, deck or patio were made from wood planks and full of people, maybe some animals, maybe some cooking implements like a grill when it decided to cave. Now that I’ve outlined the steps to finishing wooden furniture and explained why each is important, I think I’ve actually given you all some good information. Keep it in mind if you find yourself working with wood in the future – and don’t be afraid to share your experiences with the rest of us.

Childproofing Your Home

Childproofing Your HomeHey, everyone! It’s nice to be back. I had a great time last week at my cousin’s home. He had invited me over to his house warming party. He had recently moved into a new sprawling home with a big pool in the backyard.  Looking at the décor and design, I knew he had spent a lot on the place.

When I mentioned it to him, he said that he had to take extra care in the design to make his home child safe. He has a very active toddler who I can see could create real havoc, if left to his own devices even for a few minutes. While home is where you can let your hair down, enjoy, and play and have a great time with family, you also need to keep it safe for your family, especially when you have active kids.

Accidents are inevitable when you have kids around. While minor bruises and scrapes are normal part of growth in kids, as they discover new and exciting things to do around the house, it is necessary to keep them protected from serious injuries.

Safety measures

Parents often worry endlessly regarding keeping their children safe from burns, fire, choking, drowning, falls and poisoning.  These are more often likely causes to be concerned about, when compared to them being susceptible to crimes such as abduction or violence.  In fact, according to my friend, over 2 million children are injured accidentally and over 2,500 killed because of not having the proper safety measures at home. Childproofing is hence a vital part of every home.

Safety checklist

Childproofing Your HomeHere is a list of things to check whether your home is completely childproof or not

  • Thoroughly check the entire home from your baby’s point of view that is crawling down on the floor to know what lies in your child’s line of vision. Make sure the drawers, cupboards and spaces, which your child can get into easily, are properly locked. And don’t leave any small objects lying around which your child can choke on.
  • If you own guns, keep them unloaded and locked in a good safe. My friend had bought a perfect one from http://topgunsafe.com/. Since he has quite a large assortment of guns, he had a large safe installed.
  • Keep all poisonous or hazardous stuff including knives, vitamins, and medicines and cleaning agents out of reach of the kids.
  • Protect all electric outlets with suitable covers that have a safety latch, so the cover doesn’t end up in the child’s hands or mouth. In case you are using extension cords, make sure you cover the outlets with electrical tape.
  • Television sets, furniture, appliances and bookcases tipping over children have been found to be a major cause for accidents and injuries to children.  It is therefore necessary to keep furniture secured to the floor solidly. Keeping them bottom heavy, instead of top heavy also prevents from them tipping inadvertently. Sharp corners in furniture should be covered with bumpers to prevent injury in case the child falls against them.
  • Safety gates are very important childproofing additions. They help to keep kids indoors, within the space they are allotted, and the gates prevent access to forbidden rooms and dangerous staircases.

Things To Do With Your Smartphone

Things To Do With Your SmartphoneHey guys, as usual I have come back with a crazy idea as a result of an everyday life situation that had me thinking to myself, technology can be so biased sometimes can’t it? It is not the first time that I have come across this kind of segregation (of the technological kind that is) whereby the older generation are left to walk around with their devices from the nineties while the rest of the world keeps up with the amazing changes that have taken place in the market over the years.

Upon further research I discovered that this is mainly due to the fact that the younger people do not have the time (supposedly) to teach their older counterparts how to use the phone or even give any pertinent information concerning the gadget. I thoroughly enjoy technology and would be loath to see someone else be denied that privilege simply due to a lack of information. That’s the sort of thing that makes me want to throw my own phone down the garbage disposal or have my awesome meat grinder (check the review here) have a go at it (in a metaphorical sense of course).

This is why I have decided to write an article on all the cool things that one can do with their smartphone should any poor should be looking for such information.

There are a number of wonderful things that can now be accomplished at the click of a button as a result of the strides that have been made in smartphone technology over the years but it is best to start at the very beginning from the very beginning for those who might not have a clue about what to with the gadget. Simply put, one can think of their smartphone as a mini computer small enough to fit in your pocket. There are a number of great things that one can accomplish with their smartphone and some of these include:

  1. Take High Resolution Pictures and Videos

Most smartphones have what in the least can be termed as acceptable pixel resolution which simply means they are able to take better pictures than their older counterparts. Pictures taken from smartphones are clearer with a higher resolution allowing for more detail within the graphics. An individual is also able to record videos and store them onto their phone for later use. The camera and video recorder are located in the same place on most phones so one only needs to find one to find the other.

  1. Listen to Music and Watch Videos

One is able to download or transfer their music onto their smartphone enabling them to listen to it whenever they please. This music can be stored on the phone and accessed whenever the person wants.  One is able to do the same with videos as well.

  1. Access the Internet

This capability can be considered the most essential for those in need of such articles as this as the internet allows one access to all kinds of information. A smartphone ensures that a connection to the internet is available at the touch of a button. And now that I have imparted this information I feel a little better, my phone is not going into the meat grinder (like the ones reviewed here: http://www.meatgrinderadviser.com) any time soon at least.

Cool Things To Do Online

Cool Things To Do OnlineThe introduction of the internet has been a revelation within the society and its continued development has enhanced its influence over the day to day living of individuals within the said society. However, there are a number of people who are still not aware of all the capabilities that the World Wide Web is capable of and are only meagerly aware of its existence on general terms.

This form of ignorance can be dangerous in a world where technology has worked hand in hand with this virtual platform (the internet) to provide access to various sections of individuals’ lives and personal data. It is advisable for one to at least be aware of the various activities that can be performed online. If they are not tempted by such attractions they are at least able to take any necessary measures to make sure that their ignorance of such developments will not be their downfall in terms of hackers.

As mentioned earlier, there are a whole lot of things that one is able to do online and this list is growing by the day as more and more devices are connected to the internet for easier access. This is especially true for government utilities and the services offered. Individuals no longer have to visit physical addresses to have particular matters taken care of.

One is even able to control gadgets over the internet through the use of a wireless connection network. Various devices from a smartphone to a microdermabrasion machine (if you’re wondering what this is, check the reviews here: http://camilasbeauty.com) are now able to access the internet at the touch of a button. Some of the more common uses for the internet in recent times have included:

Online Banking

One is now able to gain full access to their bank over the internet nowadays. An individual no longer has to go to the bank physically to transact their business but can have it done from the comfort of their phone as a result of online banking. One can perform almost all the financial transactions they could need such as withdrawal and depositing of cash from one account to another and account administrative duties such as changing one’s password. Online banking has made it easier for hackers to get access to unsuspecting individual’s accounts though one must always stay vigilant with their sensitive information lest it fall into the wrong hands.

Online Shopping

This is an older and noticeably more popular use for the internet nowadays as an increasing number of individuals become attracted to this alternative form of shopping as compared to the traditional means. Most shops have now opened an online branch as a result and have included attractions such as free delivery to rival their competitors. In most cases, it is usually cheaper to go shopping online than it is to do it physically as one is able to search for better and competitive prices online than would have been physically possible in older times.

Online Registration

This is in reference to a large number of things. Most registration processes no matter the sector be it the church, the government or a private organization have made their registration available online in a bid to help individuals having to make the physical trip to their location.

Singing Along with Favorite Songs

Singing Along with Favorite SongsHave you ever experienced that moment where a familiar song comes on the radio, or on some live stream, or somewhere else, and you just want to sing along with it? Of course you have. I think everyone has felt this once or twice before and I know a few people who seem to do it all the time, like whenever any music they know at all starts playing. I work with a lot of music myself, though it’s usually independent stuff or tunes without any royalties attached – music can sure help to improve the overall quality of a video if the right sort of song is used.

But that’s not really the same thing as what I mentioned first, now is it? No, I’m talking about that sense of spontaneity, the sudden need to sing a song that surges through your soul when those familiar notes find your ears. It’s like, the essence of karaoke, you know? There’s something about having a few drinks and just letting loose like that which is really appealing to me, I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I’m so reserved most of the rest of the time. I do creative work, but it’s always along strict guidelines from clients who want something specific. Just doing my own thing is a lot of fun sometimes.

I’m bringing this up because I actually had a pretty fun night out, a week or so back. I’m really kind of a homebody who likes to keep to himself and not go out all that often, so it actually surprises me when I do have a good time. Not that I don’t have friends or anything – wouldn’t that be sad? No, I have several people I’m close to and comfortable being around. But that’s the thing. I know them, we’ve got some history, so there’s none of that anxiety. Getting back to the music though, I love karaoke, especially when older songs I really like come on the machine.

While it’s something I enjoy doing and quite a bit at that, I sure hope nobody ever makes a video of me going crazy like that. Could you imagine people watching my drunk self, slurring words to songs like I Go For You by Andy Gibb? I can imagine it, and it’s not something I ever want to see. That’s weird isn’t it? Getting loose, getting vulnerable like that, it’s a lot of fun. But it’s also a state I don’t want other people to catch me in. Do any of you know what that’s like? I don’t think it’s exactly rare, but it is weird to me.

Ah, well. I know this is all way off the usual topic for here, but since it’s my blog and I can post what I want in it, that’s just what I’m doing. If anyone has a comment to share about that feeling you get when a familiar song comes on, or how much fun it is to sing when you’re sloshed, or even the sort of apprehension that comes with the day after, by all means, share. I’m just going to keep thinking about this, so some other perspectives would be nice.

Knitwit’s Hunting Tips

Knitwits Hunting TipsAs a young computer and AV guy living in the middle of one of the most populous areas here in the United States, you might think I don’t know anything about roughing it from a glance. While it’s true that I’m no survivalist and I wouldn’t want to get caught in the middle of nowhere without tools and a phone, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the outdoors. I used to be an avid hunter and it’s still something I enjoy, though adulthood leaves me far fewer opportunities to just put everything down and disappear for a week. I’m not even that old yet and I already miss being a kid now and then, heh.

Like anything else, you can learn to be a better hunter by watching others who are good at it while they do their thing. Unfortunately, this is also a great way to end up buying all kinds of tools, accessories and other gear you don’t necessarily need to be a good hunter. There’s no substitute for experience, even if it comes with all kinds of features, bells and whistles and costs an arm and a leg on top of all that. I recommend checking with any hunting clubs, sporting goods stores or similar locations in your area to see if you can’t pick the mind of more experienced hunters before you get started.

See, if you don’t know what you’re doing, then it’s very hard to figure out where you’re going to go, or what you’re going to hunt, or how you’re going to hunt it. That’s why getting information from veterans is a must. That’s also why you’ll want to check other sources for knowledge. I think http://www.criticalhunting.com/ features a lot of information about techniques, tools and other aspects of hunting. By understanding these better, you can make yourself a better hunter. However, so far I’ve just been talking about gathering information. What about getting real-world experience?

Knitwit’s Hunting Tips

Well, there are ways to do that too. Paintball is a pretty popular sport. The thing about it is, if you’re good at sneaking up on people and catching them unawares with a “bullet”, you already have an edge when it comes to sneaking up on animals and doing the same thing. Paintball can teach you many useful skills for hunting, like moving quickly and quietly, breathing deeply and regularly to keep your breathing quiet, checking your flanks along with your rear to watch for hidden dangers or missed opportunities, and more. There are few safer ways to learn how to hunt than this.

By combining knowledge with experience, it’s possible to become good at anything, including hunting. But one thing you can do to improve your hunting skills which you can’t necessarily do with other sports is to gauge your prey. Read up about the habits of the animal, or animals, you are trying to hunt before you go hunting them. This will give you important information like where to find your prey, what times of day it is active, what it sounds like, what it smells like and so on.

How to Keep Yourself Fit Using Latest Apps

How to Keep Yourself Fit Using Latest AppsHi guys! Today I’m going to write about how to keep fit with the help of different technological advancements and items. I’ve gained some weight recently, and I decided to get rid of it, and to bring myself in a bit better shape. Today’s society puts a lot of emphasis on keeping fit and having a good body. But for me, keeping fit is not about how nice I look (although I like being able to have a bit better self-esteem when I talk to the ladies 😉 but more about how good I feel and how healthy I am. I want to be healthy and feel good even when I get a bit older, and staying active is very important for this. That’s why I’m going to tell you about how technology helps me get or stay in shape.

We live in the golden age of technology, and one of the most convenient things to have, which will help you stay fit, are apps. Since everyone these days has a smartphone or some other type of mobile device, anyone can download and install some useful fitness apps.

One of the best ones is MyFitnessPal, which can keep a record of what you eat, count your calories, and track how many calories you burn. It also tells you if you have to make a change in your lifestyle and projects your weight in the future depending on your calorie burning and intake. I was surprised to learn there are apps for women which can be programmed to remind them when to take their protein supplements. There are also apps for extreme fitness freaks, like those which remind you when and how much you need to work out.

Other than apps, there are some lovely wearable gadgets which help you become or stay fit. A popular item in this category is the activity tracker. These are usually in the form of wristwatches, and they track how much you move. They also calculate how many calories you burn and how many steps you take. Some more advanced ones not only track how many steps you take, but also are you climbing with those steps or going down. They take that into account when calculating the total calories burned.

Another new and fun gadget is the smart scale – yes,  a smart SCALE! These scales not only measure your weight, but can also calculate your BMI, weight and even the air quality of your home. They can be connected to apps such as the one I mentioned before – MyFitnessPal, so you don’t have to enter your weight into the app, but the scale does this for you.

And the last thing on my list may seem a bit weird, but bear with me. The internet! This I think is the most important piece of technology for keeping fit, not only because it allows you to find out a lot of information on how to do it properly, but also because there are great support communities on there, and they will encourage you to work out and be as fit as a fiddle!

New technology in cars

New technology in carsHey everyone, I’m back! The car industry seems to be reeling under the impact of economic slowdown. With the dwindling sales in both used and new cars, you might think that there are no new advances taking place in the field. If so, you will be in for a surprise. Actually, I think this slowdown is more reason for the tech people to come up with something attention grabbing and new.

In fact, everyone who wants to buy a car looks at the additional features, or smart features. So as such, there is pressure on all sides for the car companies to keep producing something new. I’ve dived in and got some of the new technological advances that are creating a stir in the industry.

Backing up or parking sensors

Almost all new cars that are made now come with inbuilt sensors. While some of these have alerts that let you be aware of an object directly behind in the path of your vehicle, others come with rear cameras, which give you a clear view of what is behind your car. While reversing this is of great help. Sometimes, especially when you are driving fast on the highways, it is difficult to see what is in front of you with the glaring lights of oncoming cars and trucks. This is why I have the Whelen LED light bar fitted to my vehicle.

Multi direction cameras

If you thought cameras are only for rear view, these cameras will disabuse you of the notion. Some of the latest model cars boast of multi-direction cameras, which cover all sides of your car. These cameras in fact give you 360 degrees cover and alert you when an object or person is near the vehicle.

Parental control or GPS tracking devices

New technology in cars

With teenagers badgering their parents to no end about driving cars, it is natural for parents to worry, especially if the car is a brand new one. Technology takes care of this issue too expertly. There are GPS tracking with parental control gadgets that limit the radio volume and speed and alert you, if you have not put your seatbelt on.

These features let you feel more assured about the safety of your teen and the car of course! Most cars made today have high beam and automatic light control. You can turn your car to automatic lighting, so it switches on the lights, when it is dark. The high beam control helps you to increase or lower the light of your car, while other cars pass you or approach you. I think this would go well with the LED light bar I mentioned before, which I purchased at http://lightbarreport.com/. Lighting is very important for driving and it is not safe to ignore it.

Controls for driver aptitude

Certainly, this system is needed for today’s reckless drivers. It remembers what the driver does regularly and if it finds any deviation from that, it would alert you. The speed of the driver, steering wheel angle and use of gas, brakes and other factors are taken into account to judge the pattern of the driver. If any of these features are detected as abnormal by the system, it will alert and this is very useful when you drive during nighttime or for long hours nonstop.

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